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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?
Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
One South L.A. teacher said LAUSD required her fifth graders to take more than two dozen tests so far this year. But the district says they're not asking too much.
L.A. Unified's board of education has conducted first and second interviews in the last month in its search for a new superintendent.
To measure student readiness, some teachers use practice tests for the upcoming standardized tests. Other teachers say effective teaching is enough preparation.
One teacher said students taking standardized tests last year had problems with keyboards, logging into the system, and wifi crashes.
Muslim students are having a range of experiences at schools, from name calling to support and sympathy.
The school board unanimously passed the resolution, which would temporarily relocate almost 1,900 students from the two schools affected by the Aliso Canyon gas leak.
L.A. Unified says a natural gas leak near two Porter Ranch schools has become a distraction to learning and the school district is moving to relocate students.
One week and a day after the massacre, 27-year-old Yvette Velasco's friends and family gathered for an outdoor funeral, at a spot on a hill in remembrance of her love of nature.
L.A. Unified's superintendent search is still in the first phase of interviews even though school board members have said they want a new leader by the New Year.
San Bernardino school officials checked and cleared 11 school sites after they found out shooter Syed Rizwan Farook had been there as a county health inspector.
Some school districts in California use the PREPaRE intervention method created by the National Association of School Psychologists.
L.A. Unified's school board wants to hold three rounds of interviews this month with candidates for its top job. The first round of interviews starts on Sunday.
Cal State turned away nearly 140,000 eligible students between 2009-2014, while at U.C. entering classes at six of nine campuses have higher than 4.0 GPAs.
As alternative lenders take more of the small business loan market, Maria Contreras-Sweet says she is telling them their rates must be "more rational."
How about a seven week winter break, and five week summer break for L.A. Unified students? The school district would hold intervention classes in that break.